The Heretic and the Rapper: Joel Osteen and Kanye West
Roping in the obnoxious, oily, self-serving heretic Osteen to endorse him is like getting Bill Clinton to endorse Fidel Castro: Clinton may have been slicker, with a better wardrobe and a more rehearsed fake gleaming smile, but at heart both were the same. Osteen is a religious charlatan, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the devil’s own “angel of light”. The Bible calls the believer to separation from the world, from the people of the world, and from false professing “christians” (Psa. 1:1, 2; 1 Cor. 15:33; 2 Cor. 6:14-18). West has separated from none of these.
In a discussion with Joel Osteen at his Sunday morning “church service” in Houston, Texas, before 17000 people, Kane West said, “Every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘I’m here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.’” And: “Jesus has won the victory. Because now, now I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already, now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for Him.” And this is the man being held up by religious fools the world over as the latest “convert” to Christ!
West told Osteen: “I know that God has been calling me for a long time. The devil’s been distracting me for a long time. When I was in my lowest point, God was there with me and sent me visions and inspiring me.” The problem with this is that the Lord no longer sends visions. There is no need for them, as we have the written Word. Only a very few people ever had visions, and they were God’s prophets and then various Christians in the apostolic age. But not afterwards. Faithful men of God did not have visions. John Wycliffe didn’t have visions. William Tyndale didn’t have visions. Nor did John Gill. Nor did Arthur W. Pink. But rapper Kanye West, so he says, has had visions. Even though he is preaching a false gospel, utilising the devil’s “music”, boasting of being the greatest artist of all time, joining with some of the most demonically-inspired “singers” in the world today, and showing no signs of being a true Christian at all – even so, we’re supposed to believe the Lord has given him visions, just because he says so.
When West praised Joel Osteen for his “ministry”, Osteen quipped in response: “When you’ve got Kanye defending you, you’ve made it man.” It may have been a quip, but if so it was only half in jest, because this is how Joel Osteen and all the other megastar charismatic preachers survive – by feeding off the world’s praise. They live for it. And with a mask of humility they revel in it. If he was a true man of God, Osteen would have been urging West to truly repent. But the one is as blind as the other.
False Prophet Shawn Bolz: Kanye West Has “Moments of Clarity”
Another religious huckster, Shawn Bolz – a man whom his followers believe to be a “prophetic minister” – revealed just how much he was devoid of the gift of prophecy, even assuming for the sake of argument that this gift is still given, which it’s not. After attending the first Kanye West concert after the release of West’s so-called “gospel” album, Jesus is King, Bolz made the breathtakingly stupid claim that at least 2000 people made “decisions for Christ” at the concert!
Bolz’s typically Arminian statement, “decisions for Christ”, is bad enough: salvation is not by making a “decision for Christ”, as if the power to become a Christian is in a man’s own hands and will. Salvation is of the Lord alone (Jonah 2:9)! Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit alone (Jn. 3:3, 5)! And to those whom the Lord regenerates, He grants the gifts of repentance and faith in Christ. The true Christian is born of God, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of men (Jn. 1:13) – not by a “decision”!
But then to claim that an estimated 2000 people “decided for Christ” at the Kanye West concert, is to go from shockingly bad to just so very much worse. Even if we could overlook the Arminian error of “deciding for Christ” – and we can’t overlook it – 2000 converts is only a thousand short of those converted on the day of Pentecost when Peter the apostle preached (Acts 2:41)! This would make Kanye West’s concert one of the greatest evangelistic meetings in all history!
It is ridiculous. It is absurd. It is a devilish lie. Those young people “deciding for Christ” at his concert were not truly converted to Christ. This much is absolutely guaranteed: within a few short weeks or months, the vast majority of them will be right back to how they were before that night. This is the usual result of all Arminian “outreaches”, and even more so when it is not from preaching even the Arminian gospel, but from a rap “music” concert! Let it sink in: a rap “music” concert! We are expected to accept that West, with rap “music”, is accomplishing what faithful servants of the Lord in this day and age, preaching the true Gospel of the grace of God, are not seeing occurring under their ministries, simply because it is a day of small things, and true conversions to Christ are rare in these times.
Firstly, one must be a Christian before one can truly evangelise. Kanye West isn’t a Christian. Secondly, biblically-based evangelism is not carried out by music – not even truly good and uplifting music (and West’s “music” is not music at all, it’s rap). The Lord Jesus did not evangelise by music. The apostles did not evangelise by music. The only God-ordained means of evangelism is the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. Nothing else. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14). “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18). “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1:21).